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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 3105 ..

MR SPEAKER: I will look into the matter.

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, the court should respect the law, as they require us to respect the law. What I shall do is find that article or a copy of that speech delivered by the Chief Magistrate and provide it to you this afternoon. I seek leave to move that the debate be adjourned.

Leave granted.


That the debate be adjourned.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Standards of Behaviour

MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (5.11): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Earlier today in question time Ms Tucker asked a question of the Chief Minister about statements that were made allegedly by the Minister for Urban Services on television last night. I will try to quote directly the question that Ms Tucker asked. She said:

Last night on the news, Mr Smyth made a statement which was obviously made before the retraction which was not consistent with the retraction.

She went on to say:

... on I think Prime Television, but one of the television news last night ...

She asked a supplementary question, and in that supplementary question she said:

Mr Smyth has made a false and misleading statement on television.

The Chief Minister's office, my office and Mr Smyth's office have all gone back very carefully to check what was said on the television last night to discover the statement that Ms Tucker says was inconsistent with the retraction that was made at the beginning of question time yesterday. As we have indicated in the past, we take very seriously the obligation on members of this place to be truthful at all times. I can table a transcript of the grabs that were used from Mr Smyth last night on all three television stations with respect to the matter of waste at the Belconnen tip.

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